14th September 2014: Higham Dickens walk

Good weather for Sheila’s ‘Dickens trail’ in Kent, a circular route from Higham. We saw Gads Hill Place where he lived and then diverted through a dense wood to see a tall monument to Charles Larkin, parliamentary reformer, now just stuck in the middle of the trees and with no notice to lead to it. Very much farm land, with views over the marshes and river estuary, small modern villages and a couple of lovely churches. But no other walkers. In fact it was empty of people until, after a little blackberry picking, we got to St Mary’s church where Charles Dickens’ daughter Katey was married. Here there was a Scarecrow Festival and much needed tea and cake. Apparently Scarecrow Festivals are big in France so this Church started holding them about 5 years ago as a community event and it certainly seemed to have brought in a lot of folk (and cars). Picture below of a scarecrow preacher looking like a more solid version of Jonathan.


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